The 2012 Focus Electric is the first all-electric vehicle with seating for five to achieve a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating. This beats out rivals such as the Nissan Leaf with 99 MPGe and the Chevrolet Volt's 93 MPGe.

Ford has announced the 2012 Focus Electric is the first all-electric vehicle with seating for five to achieve a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel efficiency rating. This beats out rivals such as the Nissan Leaf with 99 MPGe and the Chevrolet Volt's 93 MPGe.

As a point of comparison the Focus Electric costs $2.10 to travel 80 miles. This is based on the amount of energy it takes (measured in kilowatt-hours) and the national average cost of a kilowatt-hour. However, driving the same 80 miles in a gasoline-powered vehicle that gets 30 mpg would cost $8.80, based on a per gallon cost of $3.30.

The lithium-ion (li-ion) battery powere Focus Electric opened order books in November in California, New York and New Jersey. In 2012, availability will expand to another 15 states as production increases.

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